Hats are not the essential piece of clothing but they once were but are still worn by both men and women for fashion and for function in modern society. There are no compulsory rules for hat wearers in present. But you should follow some basic and common rules that have been passed down to now. Knowing when to remove a hat is as important as wearing the right hat for the occasion.
Throughout history, hats represent social status, and taking off a hat was to show respect to others. In the past few centuries, men took off their hats in Christian churches, and when they entered someone’s home, greeting a boss and always in the presence of a woman, they also took off their hats; while women are completely exempt from hat rules, and they can wear them at any time in anywhere. Although some of these customs now pass into silence, even in today’s casual and free culture, men and women still take off their hats as a gesture of showing respect. Cancer patients are exempt from these hat rules. If they like, they can wear a hat at any time.
For men, you can keep your hat on your head when you go outdoors. In public situations, for example, at athletic events (indoors or out), on public transportation, in public buildings such as post offices, airports, elevators, and in hotel or office lobbies, you can leave your hat on your head. You should remove your hats include baseball caps, black bucket hat and other casual hats when you are in someone’s home. Besides, take off your hats at the table during mealtimes. While being introduced, you should take off your hats whether indoors or outdoors. During the house worship, you also need to remove the hat unless a hat or head covering is required. Although you can keep your hat on most public occasions, there are some places where you’d better take it off. These places are schools, libraries, courthouses or town halls. Men should take off their hats when work indoors, especially in an office (unless required for the job). In restaurants and coffee shops, a hat should be removed. When you go to a theater or watch some indoor performance, you must take off your hats or they would block others’ vision.
For women, there aren’t so many rules about when to wear a hat and when to take it off. They can keep their hats on in most situations. When in someone’s home, at luncheons, weddings, garden parties, at religious services, at a movie or any indoor performance, women can leave their hats on their head except for a baseball cap. Women often wear fashion hats, like a wedding hat or a hat is worn in a theater, which will block someone’s view. So it is best to take them off when you are indoors. Many people like to wear baseball caps, a unisex cap that can be worn by anyone at any age. Women should take off baseball caps in someone’s home, at mealtimes, work indoors, and during the worship.